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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Robert Tobias

Robert Tobias, Executive Director of the Division of Assessment and Accountability for the New York City Board of Education, testified this week about the discouraging test scores of New York City schoolchildren. The performance level of city students is well under that of the rest of the state.

Mr. Tobias stated that over the last decade more than 30% of the students who entered 9th grade in New York City schools have dropped out. Another 10% have received a GED certificate instead of a local diploma. And, on average, only 11 to12% of the students entering 9th grade have received a Regents’ Diploma, which will soon be the only diploma that the City will offer.

These percentages hide the true human cost of these numbers. Since the Board of Education started keeping track of this number in 1986, over 250,000 children have dropped out of New York City schools without a high school diploma.

Testimony given on January 16, 2000

Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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